2014 - Volume #38, Issue #5, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Birdhouses Made Out Of Old Vacuums, Radios
“I’m always scrapping out appliances and I wondered if the vacuum would make a good birdhouse,” Carlile explains. “I opened up the front, unscrewed the back side, and took the innards out.”
The inner diameter narrows from 10 in. to about 8 in. so he cut a round piece of scrap wood and wedged it in the middle of the canister to create a house on each end. Carlile admits he’s not much of a painter, but he painted birds and “ELECTROLARK” on the exterior before screwing a metal plate on the bottom to attach it to a pipe bracket and mount it on a pole.
So far residents in the Montrose, Colo., vacuum home have included finches and sparrows.
While ELECTROLARK vacuums have been his favorite birdhouses so far, Carlile has also repurposed old-style radio/phonographs. He guts the inside, adds dividers for four nesting areas and drills holes and installs plastic pipe for the entrance holes. He cut up a piece of metal from a tent frame to create perches.
Carlile plans to make more radio birdhouses in the future, but will first coat the wood with an exterior sealer so they last longer.
Both styles of houses are easy to clean by unscrewing the radio roof or opening the ends of the vacuum cleaner.
Favorable comments and his past successes have Carlile considering making birdhouses out of other items.
“I hate to see all this stuff scrapped out,” he says. “It’s a lot of fun making the birdhouses, and it’s saving a piece of the past.”
He’s not sure what other items he’ll repurpose for avian housing, but admits he has his eye on an old blender and a television.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Brent Carlile, 63970 Nancy Way, Montrose, Colo. 81403 (ph 970 901-0107; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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